NEW ORLEANS SUBURB BANS NIKE PURCHASES
KENNER, La. (AP) — The mayor of a New Orleans suburb is banning the city’s parks and recreation department from purchasing Nike products.
The memo by Kenner Mayor Ben Zahn to the parks and recreation director says Nike products cannot be purchased for use at the city’s recreation facilities. It also requires the director to approve all athletic purchases by booster clubs using their facilities.
The memo created a firestorm when it circulated over the weekend.
The memo doesn’t reference Nike’s ad featuring Colin Kaepernick. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback was seeking to draw attention to racial injustice when he started kneeling during the national anthem.
In a statement yesterday, Zahn didn’t mention Kaepernick but said Nike was promoting a “political message” to sell shoes. He said he was protecting “taxpayer dollars from being used in a political campaign.”
FAST-FOOD WORKER THROWS HOT OIL AT CUSTOMERS
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police say a Philadelphia fast-food worker threw hot oil at customers during an argument at the drive-thru window.
Police allege the employee threw the cooking oil through the window during a dispute with three women over an order at about 3 a.m. Saturday at a Checkers restaurant.
A 20-year-old woman burned on her left arm and left leg was taken to a hospital in stable condition. Police say another 20-year-old woman and a 26-year-old woman were burned on their arms, legs and head but declined treatment.
Twenty-eight-year-old Latifah Linder was charged with aggravated and simple assault, reckless endangering and related offenses. Checkers says it is cooperating with police.
BICYCLE GANGS CLASH IN VA.
GREENVILLE, Va. (AP) — Authorities say the Hells Angels and a rival motorcycle club crossed paths at a Virginia motel, leading to a fight and the shooting of one man.
Sheriff Donald Smith said at a news conference that the man is in critical, but stable, condition following the shooting early yesterday at a Greenville motel. Another man was beaten and released from a hospital. Smith says both are members of the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club.
He says the brawl started when members of the Hells Angels saw members of the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club arrive to check in. Smith says the groups were passing through the area and had attended some type of “convention” for each of their groups.
Seven alleged Hells Angels members were arrested on charges including malicious wounding and meth possession.
Smith says the Pagan’s members are from Virginia while the Hells Angels came from the New York City area.
HONOLULU (AP) — A judge has ruled that a 92-year-old Native Hawaiian heiress doesn’t have sufficient mental capacity to manage her $215-million trust.
The judge is appointing First Hawaiian Bank to serve as her trustee and is removing the attorney who stepped in as trustee after she suffered a stroke last year.
Many Native Hawaiians consider Abigail Kawananakoa a princess because she’s a descendant of the family that ruled Hawaii before the overthrow of the Hawaiian kingdom. Her riches come from being the great-granddaughter of one of Hawaii’s largest landowners.
Judge Robert Browning says it was an important decision because she is a revered woman who has dedicated her life and money to helping Native Hawaiians.
RACIST INTERESTS IN CONNECTCUT PROBED
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut state officials say they’re investigating reports of “racially offensive incidents,” which a state senator says includes a noose looped around the head of a toy chicken found hanging in a black state worker’s office.
Republican State Sen. Heather Somers of Groton told The Hartford Courant she was told the noose was found in the office of a worker at the Department of Development Services regional office in Torrington.
Somers provided photos of the fake chicken in the noose to the newspaper.
Department of Development Services officials say they’re “actively investigating reports of racially offensive incidents,” but declined to elaborate. The department’s commissioner says in an email to employees that it takes “all allegations of this nature very seriously.”
The department provides housing and other services to people with intellectual disabilities.